In the meantime summer has arrived finally, so I'll be out of the house for a while.
Yesterday decided to take our first real trip of this year, on the Kinder Scout mountain, in the Peak District. I'm not sure if it can be considered mountain at 700 m ? Anyway. Sunny day but extremely windy.
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Right, the walk starts with an easy part towards the Kinder Reservoir.
...then another half an hour along the reservoir till the bottom of William Clough. At the wooden bridge, carry on left ( do not cross the bridge). The other road, crossing the bridge, goes up on Kinder Scout as well - it was our 'escape' route down.
From here, the real climbing starts soon and it's really a bit difficult but definitely rewarding, as the scenery only gets better and better.
Looking back towards the reservoir and cursing the vicious cold wind, which delays us to no end.
Just look at the erosion that is affecting these moors. The direct effect is the disappearing of the peat bogs - the peat bogs are storing ten times more carbon than a normal leaf forest and that's why the local authorities decided to run programs to restore it as much as possible.
The first road to the left is the one which we just came from and the one across the hill in front is the famous Pennine Way. We'll carry on on the Pennine Way, up on the plateau.
The Seal Stone.
At this point we had a choice of going further or taking an escape route down. The wind won the fight and we took the path down.
Two hours later we got home safe (and just in time for the Eurovision contest ;)) but as it's easy to imagine, today we could hardly move from one sofa to another, and the walking around the house was only related to locate the bloody aspirins.